The Equality Act 2010 requires us to publish our equality information on an annual basis. This includes demonstrating to you how we are delivering against our corporate equality objectives. We reviewed our equality objectives in January 2022 and between now and 2026 we will:
- Deliver on the Race Equality Plan
- Embed the Public Sector Equality Duty principles into our service delivery, commissioning and contract management processes
- Take actions that will promote a culture of inclusion so that staff, Councillors, stakeholders and partners feel part of an organisation that is safe and inclusive and where people can bring all aspects of themselves to work
You can read the Council’s EDI vision statement below:
SCC Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Statement
Suffolk County Council is committed to being an inclusive organisation, supporting everyone so that they can reach their full potential. We value the things that make us the same as well as the things that are different about us and we will promote a culture of inclusion, recognising and celebrating difference and acknowledging the benefits achieved by having a diverse workforce.Every individual recognises they have a responsibility to embed equality into everything we do, making our services and our places of work inclusive. We are committed to the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion and to delivering our duties under the Equality Act 2010 and our WE ASPIRE Values. We recognise that discrimination can occur and we will work together to eliminate it.We hold ourselves accountable for making positive change through commissioning and co-producing with communities in Suffolk, ensuring their voices are heard and valued. We are committed to undertaking activities and reporting progress that demonstrate how SCC is addressing the barriers to inclusivity, tackling inequality and promoting inclusion.
Our published equality reports provide information about the:
- profile of our workforce
- activities that have been undertaken across the organisation in the last year to support our equality objectives and embed equalities into all areas of work
Download our equality reports:
Top 10 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Projects we are working on:
- Disability Leadership status, Level 3 award – currently being externally assessed and supported by a new Disability Strategy.
- Increasing Menopause Awareness across the organisation
- EDI Awareness campaigns – SCC successfully promoted National Inclusion Week in September, Black History Month in October and Interfaith week in November alongside Trans Awareness Week.
- Supporting our Staff Networks and EDI and Race Equality Champions across the organisation. New Staff Networks include the D(d)eaf Network and Carers Network
- Working on EDI Objective 3 to identify and encourage actions that will lead to a more inclusive culture within SCC with associated monitoring criteria.
- Increasing co-production by linking up with local partners through the Engaged Communities Group, to bring voices from diverse communities into SCC policy making
- Delivering on actions identified in our Race Equality Action Plan. i.e. supporting the rollout of the reverse mentoring scheme, using the Power BI dashboard for reporting on corporate race equality measures and undertaking a spot survey to capture qualitative experiences of Black and Brown staff in SCC. Signing UNISON’s Anti-racism Charter.
- Gender Pay Gap report actions include doubling the period of paid leave in the Paternity Policy and finalising the submission for accreditation at Level 2 in the national Carer Confident scheme.
- Developing actions around the Good Youth Employment Charter to promote SCC to younger people and encourage applications from them.
- Positive action. Promoting positive action across the organisation and capturing and analysing the success of various positive action measures in practice.
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We use interpreters or translate information where someone would be at risk if they are unable to understand English. In other situations we will do so where appropriate and in response to identified need.
For any queries, or for more information, please contact
Adria Pittock, SCC Equality Lead:
Gita Banerji, HR Equality Lead: